Today we’ve launched a new petition to the UK government, BEIS and Defra ministers calling for real Right to Repair rules.
As many of you will remember, back in March the government claimed to be introducing the Right to Repair in the UK. But the policies it announced are limited and it was simply doing what it was already required to do when it agreed to these rules in 2019.
We need to keep up the pressure and show that we are deeply committed to building on this foundation better.
The petition asks for:
- “Right to Repair” measures to include everyone, including DIY-ers and community repair groups
- a commitment to keeping up with Europe or doing better (e.g. by covering more products)
- a reduction on VAT for repairs
Please share it with your networks too
Earlier this year, the UK government largely ignored calls by Parliament to address electronic waste through the Right to Repair. It’s dragging its feet and showing very little commitment to longer-lasting products.
In recent weeks, a BBC Radio 4 series called Dare to Repair, hosted by Mark Miodownik, gave the issue great coverage. The show pointed out that even manufacturers would support lowering VAT on repairs.
Calling all community repair groups and allies
We’re calling on Repair Cafés, signers and endorsers of the Manchester Declaration, and other allies to share this petition widely over email. We will post updates on the petition page, and present the results to government when the time is right.